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‘Sherlock’ is Coming to Comic-Con!

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Bloody hell, have you heard!? That consulting detective, Sherlock Holmes and his “platonic”, live- in assistant, Dr. Watson, are coming to San Diego Comic-Con!

All right, so as of now Sherlock stars and rising nerd icons, Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman, have not been confirmed as attending. Simmer down, Cumberbitches. But Entertainment Weekly has just announced PBS is bringing their Masterpiece hit to Comic-Con in what will be the first PBS program to ever hold a panel at the convention in its 44-year history!

Confirmed to appear are Steven Moffat, Mark Gatiss, and Sue Vertue, which surely isn’t too shabby of a line-up, now is it? They’re  also promising “surprises”. Soo… a pre-recorded message from Cumberbatch and/or Freeman? Footage from Season 3? At the very least a frickin’ trailer? Come on, BBC, we’re frothing at the mouth for new Sherlock!

The series will return on BBC later this year, but for us in the U.S. we’ll be waiting until 2014 for Season 3. I’m sure we’ll hear a confirmation on that at the panel, of which Comic-Con will release the exact time and day for tomorrow, so stay tuned!

How awesome is it to see a show like Sherlock, one not one usually considered just for the nerd crowd, holding a panel at Comic-Con?


After Sherlock’s first two very successful seasons, you can understand that there’s a lot of anticipation about the now-shooting third season of the BBC series. Anticipation is so huge that the London locales where the new episodes are being shot are being inundated with fans. Fans armed with cellphone cameras and a willingness to post those pictures online and thus creating a spoiler-frenzy.

Well, Sherlock producer Sue Vertue has had enough of that. She posted a special request to Sherlockology, a Sherlock fan site, asking that if fans could maybe chill out a little and maybe enjoy the anticipation a bit more.

Hi, Sue Vertue here.

As many of you are aware, we’ll soon be embarking on our first London leg of filming for series 3.  I’m also aware that there is quite a lot of speculation about where we’re shooting when.  I can’t stress how  much we the Producers and Benedict [Cumberbatch], Martin [Freeman] and the rest of the cast appreciate your love and dedication to our show – we’ll endeavour to live up to your expectations for Series 3.

What I am nervous about is that our London shooting schedule is punishing and will really give us very little time to interact with you.  The actors really hope you understand that.

Also, and I know this is probably asking a lot, the majority of fans and indeed ourselves would REALLY appreciate it if you didn’t post pictures or spoilers or ideally our daily locations.

Thanks for your understanding.  Sue x

She maybe whistling Dixie on that account. This is always the issue when a fan-obsession shoots out on the real-life streets, but hey, I guess it can’t hurt to ask. And who are we at Nerd Bastards to tell people that they can’t spoil stuff? It’s kind of our bread and butter after all.

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In lieu of cursing CBS and kicking dirt all over their loafers for going ahead with Elementary, (the very blatant copying of the BBC series Sherlock), creator and writer Steven Moffat had decided to place a vow of silence on himself . . . until now anyway. Once the shots from the set of the Elementary pilot displayed stars Johnny Lee Miller as Sherlock and Lucy Liu as Dr. Joan Watson, Moffat must have reached his breaking point.

Bring on the verbal smack-down!

Maybe it was that Holmes beloved sidekick was gender-flipped into a “Charlie’s Angel”, but according to BBC Radio, Moffat may finally been showing how he really feels about the American Sherlock.

“It isn’t a version of our show. … They’ve just decided to go off and do one of their own, having been turned down by us to do an adaptation of our version. So how do you think I feel about it? Annoyed is in there.”The bigger problem for us with Elementary is, what if it’s terrible? What if it’s awful? Then it degrades the brand. … I remember there was a legitimate American version made of Coupling, actually adapted from our version. It was terrible and it was a disaster and it did sort of diminish the original. So if there’s this completely unrelated rogue version of Sherlock going around and it’s bad, it can be bad for us.”

The man has every right to be worried, Sherlock is his baby and the last thing he wants is it’s red headed step-child shaming the series with a poor pilot. Even so, it’s not like Steven should be extremely worried. While his producer Sue Vertue is prepping legal action in a courtroom, Steven has a more Zen approach:

“We don’t own Sherlock Holmes. … We don’t even own the idea of updating it. It’s been done before. I hope they know their Sherlock Holmes very, very well indeed because we know what’s in our show and wasn’t in the original. So if we did discover our material had made it into somebody else’s show we would have a problem with that. If there is no such incidence of that, then there’s nothing we can object to.”

The joy of something like Sherlock is the fact that over the course of an afternoon you can sit down and watch a season, series, in their entire three episode run. And even with such a short season you still manage to get drawn into feeling for Sherlock and his lover good friend Dr.John Watson. Let’s hope Elementary can at least capture some of that magic, instead if ripping it’s counter-part off. CBS better hope they know what their doing.

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A while back CBS, those guys that keep making spin-off’s of CSI, announced a pilot re-imagining Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes called Elementary. Wait a tick, doesn’t the BBC already have a show based on Britan’s infamous crime solving duo of Sherlock and Watson? Yes, and the BBC is more then a little upset about it.

Sitting down with the UK’s The Independent, Sherlock executive producer, Sue Vertue recently spoke about being approached by CBS with hopes of licensing a U.S. version of the BBC series. Vertue was less then enthusiastic about the offer, turning it down in the process. Guess CBS didn’t enjoy getting told “no” by the company that makes Doctor Who because shortly after that CBS announced Elementary, a modern day retelling of Holmes and Watson in New York City.

We understand that CBS are doing their own version of an updated Sherlock Holmes,” she said. “It’s interesting, as they approached us a while back about remaking our show. At the time, they made great assurances about their integrity, so we have to assume that their modernised Sherlock Holmes doesn’t resemble ours in any way, as that would be extremely worrying.

Even Doctor Who and Sherlock showrunner, Steven Moffat spoke up about CBS’s supposed idea, taking to Twitter to voice his opinion:

“We are very proud of our show, and like any proud parent will protect the interest and well being of our offspring,” Sue went on to say and all the power to her and the BBC for it. Who wouldn’t want to protect something they’ve put their name to and stuck their neck out for? If this keeps up and CBS moves forward in their attempt to create their own Holmes, legal action is definitively around the corner.

Additional details about Elementary have yet to be released, smart move CBS.

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